Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

First Friday THIS Friday @ Hyattsville Busboys and Poets


Nehemiah Dixon, Visual Arts Coordinator at Joe’s Movement Emporium, designing the Art Lives Here arrow.

Art Lives Here Kick-Off Event: First Fridays at Busboys and Poets

April 5, 2013 | 5:30 – 7 pm

Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Busobys and Poets High-ResJoin the Art Lives Here team for First Fridays at Busboys and Poets to meet a few of the selected performing and visual artists who will be a part of the Downtown Spring Season. Presenting artists include those selected for the artist-business partnerships of Better Block Project, the performance series produced by Joe’s Movement Emporium and the Art Attacks produced by Art Works Studio School.

Join us Friday, April 5, 2013 from 5:30 – 7 pm for a meet and greet with the following featured artists:

409684_2781389729868_817243741_nArt Attack: Nehemiah Dixon III has exhibited at The PASS Gallery, The Sumner Museum, The Phillips Collection, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art and the Washington DC Superior Court house. He has taught painting and drawing at Sidwell Friends and is currently teaching art at Joe’s Movement Emporium. He previously worked as an art installer in various Smithsonian museums throughout the metropolitan area. His goal is to stay involved in the arts through youth outreach groups such as Taratibu Youth Association and Club Joe’s.

Performance Series: Maurice, Philippa and Friends centers around jazz vocalist Maurice Johnson, and pianist Philippa Smith-Tyler. MP&F often perform with woodwind player and drummer, Ben Sands, and internationally-known bassist Wes Biles. MP&F also includes other vocalists, such as singer and storyteller, Victoria Barnett. MP&F perform songs by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong as well as contemporary classics like Alicia Keyes and John Legend.

Self PortraitArtist-Business Partnership:
Melissa Glasser was born in June 1975 in Newport News, VA.  Growing up in Washington, DC, she was exposed to painting at an early age by her father, artist and teacher, the late David T. Glasser.  In 1997, she received a BFA from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in painting and ceramics.  She moved to New York City where she continued to create and exhibit artwork that emphasizes the female figure through color and pattern.  In 2004, Glasser moved to the Gateway Art District in Mt. Rainier, MD.  She continues to work in oils and acrylics from her Brentwood studio and is also involved in public art commissions for murals in the Gateway Arts District, the Port Towns and surrounding communities.

Each artist will complete a brief presentation and audience engagement piece as part of the evening’s presentation.

First Friday's LogoBusboys and Poets’ “First Fridays” is a monthly series which includes artist talks, local studio visits and more! Mixing up the First Friday Gallery Walks popular to many U.S. cities, whereby arts venues all open their doors at the same time, Busboys’ “First Fridays” will combine a reception, artist talks and the unique opportunity to meet other local artists, as well as see their work in the surrounding areas. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Learn more about Busboys and Poets here:

In Mount Rainier, Maryland, the arts community is partnering with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County to enliven the Mount Rainier town center and increase the regional visibility of the Gateway Arts District using a mix of temporary projects and equity investments to support existing small business, attract commercial in-fill, prepare for new anchor developments, and further strengthen our diverse, creative, streetwise communities. This is Art Lives Here.

Please visit our website at to learn more about this year long visibility campaign within the Gateway Arts District. We invite you to learn more about the Gateway Arts District by visiting, the FREE online portal for promoting and learning about arts-related activities in the Gateway Arts District. It’s also our community’s best tool to market or search for artists, designers, arts-related organizations and businesses in the Gateway Arts District.

If you have any questions about Art Lives Here call or e-mail Neena Narayanan, Art Lives Here Coordinator, at Joe’s Movement Emporium, at or 301-699-1819.

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Joe’s Movement Emporium is the community performing arts center of World Arts Focus, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization founded in 1992. The mission is to promote participation and practice in dance, movement, and performing arts traditions from around the world while using the arts as a key tool to revitalize community. Founded in 1992, World Arts Focus provides educational and cultural programs incorporating dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world. For more information call (301) 699-1819 or visit

NEA-logo-colorThe National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at


About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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